Our day began with us waking up feeling sweaty even though we showered the night before. Up at 7am and out the door before 8am, we were promptly on our way to breakfast. We met with the rest of the SCEA community, Swan Christian College and Southern Hills Christian College, to have breakfast of rice, eggs, corned beef and french fries on top – YUM.
Soon after we made our way on a heap of trikes to the La Carlota Fundamental Baptist Church. We enjoyed being a part of the service, by introducing ourselves on stage, hearing their pastor as well as our own chaplain ( Uncle Dazza ) preach and praying with our fellow travellers. Our highlight being at this church was hearing songs of prayer, one, in particular, was a young sixteen old talented singer who sang “Good Good Father”. After taking many, many selfies with newly found Filipino friends, we were back for lunch and a very special surprise.
Pastor Gary announced that our chef’s son birthday was today and invited us to celebrate. Each school created a special item performed for the birthday boy. We decided to spell out and act out “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” each embodying a letter with the exception of Ethan who fell into the role of “exclamation mark”.
From there we were off! Off to the sea container to unpack all of the donations that were generously given and sent over for the community. To speed things up we formed a production line to carry each item; sorting them along the way. We left with piles of books, stationary, clothes and a bunch of construction equipment.
With excited hearts, we were off to Cabacungan. The views looked as if they were straight out of a travel catalogue, with endless sugar-cane fields and breathtaking mountain tops. We had arrived! We were greeted by familiar faces, Aunty Dina and Aunty Mai who welcomed us to our new home for the next week. For the next hour or so we got to know one another and broke the ice by playing with the footy and unpacking with our roommates. We were immediately satisfied by the cooking of Aunty Dina as we told each other our most embarrassing stories around the dinner table.
After our dessert, it was back to church for a night-time service, getting to know the locals with a few familiar faces in between. After we finish writing and editing this blog we’ll head upstairs for facemasks and an all-inclusive game of Mafia. Crush went to bed early as he was so tired from all the attention.
Praying that everyone is safe and happy back home. We’re so excited for what’s to come!
Tiah and Dorinda